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 Post subject: Spinal Chord Projects
PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2003 4:36 am 
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The Kinetic System, Paisley Arts Centre
By Mary Brennan for The Herald

Most choreographers count themselves lucky if their dancers can keep in step with the design-ated moves on-stage. Rodolfo Rivas Franco asks for more: for fellow members of Spinal Chord Projects to become airborne, transferring the dance on to various ropes, high harnesses, and falls of white cloth in order to present the opposites and extremes in The Kinetic System.

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The Kinetic System
By Kelly Aptor for The Scotsman

INSPIRED by the archaeologist Andrew Collins’s account of an ancient Middle-Eastern tribe, this latest work by Spinal Chord Projects is nothing if not ambitious. Divided into 16 short scenes, with such grandiose titles as "Body and mind will prevail" and "Decay of technology", the show cites science fiction films The Fifth Element and The Matrix among its references.

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 Post subject: Re: Spinal Chord Projects
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 3:54 am 
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Kinetic energy overloads the system
The Kinetic System - Paisley Arts Centre, reviewed by Ellie Carr for The Sunday Herald

Innovation is always to be applauded. And Glasgow’s small-scale Spinal Chord Projects is certainly doing its bit to explore ways of incorporating daring aerial work into contemporary dance.

But sadly their well-meaning show The Kinetic System is not ready for the stage; and has ambitions that far outstrip its means. At Paisley Arts Centre the rig trembled as Glasgow-based choreographer/performer Rodolfo Rivas Franco and his troupe swung from harnesses, hoops and reams of fabric. In the front row, spectators recoiled in genuine fear as airborne dancers sailed dangerously close to their faces.

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